The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali describe four bhavanas or human traits that are essential for our spiritual growth. Two of these traits – compassion and friendship – were discussed in previous articles. This article focuses on the third trait – Joy.
The particular sutra that encourages us to acquire and remain in a […]
My memory of meeting her via twitter is hazy – I do remember that my good friend Wayne Mcevilly ‘introduced’ me to her. Her comments were always insightful and introspective – the sign of one who ‘thinks before they speak’. Then, I happened to read one of the articles on her blog about her trip to India and her spiritual experiences there. Her writings were also full of references to her work as a scientist.
I decided to talk to her on your behalf. To find out what we could learn from her, that would help us in our respective spiritual journeys. And to answer the question – Can Science exist without Spirituality?
The Bhagavad Gita is most widely recognized as one of the central scriptures of hinduism and one of the three pillars of hindu thought. The message of unity preached in the Gita is often overlooked in favor of the message(s) of karma-yoga, raja-yoga, prema-yoga and bhakti-yoga. The Gita is perhaps the one and only text that successfully provides a unified source in which various hindu philosophies find validation.
The Bhagavad Gita is perhaps the most well-known and revered text in the Hindu dharma. The reason for the popularity of the Gita is that it provides practical solutions to the problems of everyday life for people of all backgrounds. As discussed in previous articles, the Upanishads and the Brahma Sutras form two of the primary pillars of hindu thought. The Gita serves as a bridge between these two pillars as it clarifies, unifies and summarizes the seemingly conflicting and often abstract thoughts in the first two pillars.
The Gita is a collection of 700 verses spoken to the Pandava prince Arjuna by Lord Krishna himself, as Arjuna was overcome by despair and doubt about fighting against his own kin. The Gita describes the four ways of attaining liberation or moksha as:
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Truth achieved through meditation and self-realization is different from truth imparted from outside. Ultimately, what is revealed in the scriptures, what is thought out by the mind and what is realized by the spirit through service and meditation must agree. We start our spiritual life with faith, then comes knowledge, followed by experience. How can the Guru help us on this path?